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The New York Times - February 27, 2014
A Community Center for All Income Levels

"What is inspiring about the center is how little it seems motivated by noblesse oblige. As part of its commitment to communitarianism, the center houses both a Head Start preschool program and a private preschool for those in the area who can afford it. The classrooms are side by side."

The New York Times - February 15, 2014
Fund Provided Relief, and Then Readers Gave More

"Amy Berko Iles was moved to action after reading a story about students at Public School 188 on the Lower East Side and their participation in Expanded Day, its after-school program. “I was floored when I read that a third of the families at the school are in temporary housing,” Ms. Iles said. “This isn’t just an after-school program, it’s a lifeline to the families.”


The New York Times - January 3, 2014
Lower East Side Students Have the Gift of Uniforms, and Better Focus

"A new uniform policy, which took effect in 2011, is a major element in the shift in educational culture that began at the Lower East Side school five years ago, when a social service agency, the Educational Alliance, began running Expanded Day, its after-school program.


ELLE Magazine - December 2013
Facing Her Worst Fear, An ELLE Writer Learns to Swim at 28

"We are here to learn how to swim. By "we," I am referring to the two dozen or so men and women between the ages of 20 and 60 who are huddled at the edge of the Y pool on East 14th Street in New York City. "


The New York Times - December 31, 2013
College Not Just for Himself, but for His Son

"The load on a full-time college student is a heavy one. Finals and midterms, especially when paired with the duties of fatherhood, could crush any 21-year old, but Giovanni Classen, who recently became a single father to his 1-year-old son, Ezio, seems to have found a way to make it work." 



The New York Times - January 24, 2013
Even in Sickness, a Promise to a Son to Fulfill

"Earlier last year, Ms. Lora had promised to buy Brandon a computer to help him with his homework, but could not fulfill her promise when she became sick...In December, the Ed Alliance drew $400 from the Neediest Cases Fund to buy Brandon a laptop computer and $400 to help Ms. Lora buy winter clothes for the boys."


The New York Times - December 10, 2012
A Boy Full of Quirks Learns to Curb His Aggression

"Since September 2011, Jaren has been enrolled in the Head Start Program at Public School 15...The program is financed by the Educational Alliance, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York, one of the organizations supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund."


The New York Times - November 7, 2012
Special Campaign Is Established to Benefit Storm Victims

"Bonnie Lumagui, director of the Norc, or Naturally Occurring Retirement Community, program at the Ed Alliance, worked with colleagues and volunteers to deliver jugs of water and other items to the buildings’ occupants. Ms. Lumagui said volunteers lugged the supplies up many flights — to the 21st floor in one case — and stopped to provide residents with some company as well." Observer logo.PNG

Commercial Observer - October 3, 2012
Banking on the Community

"The renovated building is named for Manny Cantor, a Polish immigrant who started his own dry goods business after immigrating to the United States in 1921. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013...Meanwhile, like the organization as a whole has done, the building is adapting to the needs of a changing community. "


Education Week - April 25, 2012
Program Guides NYC 'Head Start' Parents to College Track

"Thanks to the new College Access and Success program launched last October by the Educational Alliance, parents of Head Start students can get the help they need to prepare for, apply to, and begin attending college."


The New York Times - January 21, 2012
With Small Devices, Older New Yorkers Gain Independence and Peace of Mind

"Mr. Boccino and Ms. Feinman are among 59 New Yorkers who benefited from a $10,000 grant from The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund last summer that allowed them and other residents of Co-op Village NORC on the Lower East Side.”


The Jewish Week, January 3, 2012
Classic Israeli Children's Tale at Y

"In the new musical play, “Hanna and the Moonlit Dress,” based on a classic Israeli children’s tale, a girl learns that her good heart can make everything holy and new. Produced and directed by Ronit Muszkatblit, the production opens this weekend at the 14th Street Y."


Time Out New York, December 29, 2011
Fitness Myths

"'If you’re using weights, focus more on putting them down and less on lifting them up. Remember: Use your mind as much as your body.’ --Shana Brady, personal trainer, 14th Street Y


New York Daily News, November 14, 2011
It's Decision Time for Medicare

"As she chatted over lunch last week at the Educational Alliance's Sirovich Senior Center, Helene Levine, 84, counted her blessings. Other than arthritis, Levine suffers from no serious ailments."


The New York Times - August 25, 2011
9/11 in the Arts: An Anniversary Guide

"An installation by Tobi Kahn in which the gallery will be transformed into a meditative room for visitors to reflect on remembrance, loss and the enduring human spirit... at the Educational Alliance."


New York Daily News, August 15, 2011
Remembering Pain of 9/11 Through Art

"In the days after 9/11, the Educational Alliance asks artist Tobi Kahn to lead a workshop for children dealing with the disaster... 'The workshop was very powerful... so when we thought of doing an exhibit in commemoration of the 10th anniversary, Tobi was the only person we thought of.'"


The Jewish Week, September 6, 2011
Blocks of Remembrance

"Today, Levy’s block sits surrounded by 219 others in “Embodied Light: 9-11 in 2011,” an installation Kahn created at the Educational Alliance, a community center on the Lower East Side. Visitors to the exhibit can examine and rearrange the blocks and in the process, Kahn hopes, engage helpfully with their own experiences.”


The New York Times - The Local: East Village, February 2, 2011
Getting Older, But It's Yoga, Not Bingo

"The Center for Balanced Living… believes that just because people qualify for the breakfast special, this doesn’t mean that their health and wellness shouldn’t remain a vital aspect of their day. ‘It is about finding ways to challenge people as they get older, not feeding into it,’ said Marcy Simon, the director and founder of the center."


New York Daily News, January 10, 2011
For Marcy Simon, Age Not A Factor in Fitness

"Marcy Simon knew one thing to avoid when she started revamping the Educational Alliance's older-adult fitness programs four years ago - the word "senior"... out of such considerations was the Center for Balanced Living born.


The New York Times, December 28, 2010
After-School Arts Education Gives Lower East Side Students A Lift Academically

"The Educational Alliance After 3 Arts Program has gained a reputation for discovering hidden talent at P.S. 142. Shy children dance center stage. Students with learning delays earn leading roles. One student who repeated a grade and struggled to learn English became valedictorian after joining the arts program, school officials said."


The New York Times, November 9, 2010
Sibling Bond Strengthens Amid the Ordeal of Cancer

"His continued absence from the weekly Daddy and Me cooking class at the Educational Alliance’s Head Start program caught the attention of Jeanette Diaz, a senior case manager there, who tracked him down and secured Neediest Cases funds to cover back rent, food and cab fare to doctor’s appointments."


The New York Times - The Local: East Village, October 20, 2010
New Stage, New Spirit at the 14th Street Y

"Nearly a year after the completion of their $1.2 million renovation, the 14th Street Y is putting the southwest corner of 14th and First even more firmly on the East Village cultural map."


The Wall Street Journal, August 16, 2010
Donor of the Day: Molding Artists

"With a $100,000 gift to the art school at downtown Manhattan's Educational Alliance, the Boston-area music practitioner has created an endowment to provide a dozen scholarships a year to young women ages 10 to 19 to attend the Alliance's Young Artists Program."


The New York Times, July 19, 2010
Creating Safer and Kinder Districts to Grow Old

"Even senior centers are being redefined as places with artists in residence, like Judy Hugentobler, a sculptor from Staten Island... who is teaching art classes at the Educational Alliance's Sirovich Senior Center in exchange for being able to use the kilns, clay & glazes."


The New York Times, June 24, 2010
Helping Parents Tune In to That Inner Voice

"Kiki Schaffer, 64, knows a thing or two about raising children in New York, and not just because she has three children (and one grandson) of her own. As director of the 14th Street Y’s Parenting, Family and Early Childhood Center, she’s been teaching New Yorkers to cope with new parenthood for nearly 20 years."


Village Voice, June 9, 2010
Another Day, Another Rally Against Yet Another Proposed Budget Cut

"The Save After School Now Coalition (there really is a coalition for everything) rallied at City Hall last evening to speak out against the proposed $12.2 million cut to 150 after school programs, which would impact some 15,000 students."

New York Daily News, April 16, 2010
DYCD Axes After School Programs for City's Neediest

"The School of the Future, on Manhattan's East Side, has had an after-school program for 10 years and will lose all 240 slots...The program provides music and dance, which budget cuts have made impossible to include in the regular school day..."

The New York Times, March 9, 2010
Budget Boogeyman Stalks New York's Summer Camps

"It took a rainy day and the right job to show Christopher Rivera, then a 16-year-old who lived in a public housing complex on the Lower East Side, that he had something to say, and that when he said it people might actually listen... his camp experience lead to his current job, as a counselor at a teen center run by The Educational Alliance."


New York Family Magazine, February 2010 Issue
The Wonderful Y     

"Walking through the cozy halls of the 14th Street Y, with colorful artwork hanging from the walls, friendly greetings from staff, and parents and kids shuttling to and fro, you get a true sense of connectedness..."


Time Out New York, December 31, 2009  (Fitness Guide 2010)
Top Trainers: Adja Diarra, 14th Street Y

"Teaching classes and training private clients at the 14th Street Y...'I'm not doing this to make money. It's more about how you can share the knowledge, empower people, educate them. It's something I love.'"


Crain's New York Business, December 14, 2009
Battling Mission Attrition  (*Crain's subscription required)

"Similarly, the Educational Alliance - which over the past two fiscal years has cut its work force by 10% - raised more money from individuals this year than ever before, as it reached out to new donors through Twitter and Facebook. Unlike smaller organizations, it also had the wherewithal to hire its first public relations director, who has raised its media profile."


The Jewish Week, December 16, 2009
New Look for 14th Street Y

"My hunch about what this place could be was correct," said Stephen Hazan Arnoff, who began his work as executive director of the 14th Street Y two years ago. "The concept was to transform our infrastructure, accounting for the many, many talents of our staff and our interests in the community - it really is a diverse and vibrant community."


The New York Times, November 24, 2009
Nimble On His Feet, and Doing What He Loves     

"It is a Tuesday morning at the Educational Alliance, and seven women of various ages are line dancing to the haunting anthem of "Saturday Night Fever." Leading the weekly classes since 2007... is their fast-stepping dance instructor, the trim and pony-tailed, Fu Manchu-mustachioed, gold-earringed and bracelet-bangled Bernard Dove, 69." 



Time Out NY Kids, November 2009 Issue
The Kramer-John Family, Lower East Side     

"Franky goes to school at the Educational Alliance... And it's the Lower East Side. My grandpa went to Seward Park High School, and every time we walk to school, Franky goes, "I know, I know! Great-grandpa Jack went to school there!"

The New York Times, October 31, 2009
Where 30 is Ancient, Youthful at 80

"They were all attending the Halloween party of the Educational Alliance's Sirovich Senior Center, which offers social services, free classes and meals for a pittance. Leave it to young people to dress up as ghosts, ghouls and other forms of the unliving; this crowd was injecting pure flash into their regalia...

The center, everyone volunteering there seems to think, has a particular vibrancy..."


The Jewish Forward, October 28, 2009
I Sing The Body Eclectic

"The LABALMA Body Project, a multimedia art exhibit running at New York's 14th Street Y until November 17, explores ideas of physicality in a genuine, contemplative and engaging way..."


The New York Times, October 19, 2009
An Updated Look for The 14th Street Y

"But the 14th Street Y, a Jewish community center that serves people of all backgrounds, has something to boast about these days. After undergoing a $1.2 million facelift in the past year, the community center officially unveiled its newer, modern digs to the public this weekend... (Executive Director Stephen Hazan) Arnoff said 'We believe that every time people come here, they form a connection with the community.' "


New York Magazine, October 11, 2009
A Brighter Y

"...The 14th Street Y will unveil a redesign that's decidedly more mod... transforming the utilitarian fitness center into a sleek, mood-enhancing space with rows of shiny new cardio and weight machines"


The New York Times, October 5, 2009
Lessons from a Large Family

"Chino Okonkwo, 29, oversees the Educational Alliance's Boys and Girls Club. The Alliance has more than 30 locations in Lower Manhattan. One of nine children of Nigerian immigrants, both educators, Ms. Okonkwo is a licensed clinical social worker with degrees from San Diego State and Columbia."


Advancing Philanthropy, September/October 2009
Sink or Swim? How to Ensure A Successful Event (pdf)

"Planners at The Educational Alliance in New York found that changing the venue and the program for their annual gala resulted in an event that was not only well-received by the guests, but that also matched the less formal preferences of the honoree and his family..."


Time Out Kids, September 2009 Issue
Featured Listing: Open House Party at 14th Street Y (pdf)

"The East Village community center kicks off its grand reopening by letting the masses into its brand-new fitness center and remodeled lobby." 


City Limits, August 31, 2009
Nonprofits' Outlook After A Year of Living Dangerously  

"The cuts inevitably take a toll on the services nonprofits provide. At the Educational Alliance, for example, recent cuts to the organization's city childcare contract have left a mark. "Our approach was to do everything we could to avoid diminishing the quality of the program," said associate executive director Danny Rosenthal."


Town & Village, August 24, 2009
Renovations at 14th Street Y Schedules for Completion at End of August (pdf)

"Talk about looking like a million bucks. An ongoing renovation project at The 14th Street Y, which had a pricetag of one million dollars, is scheduled for completion by the end of the month..." 


Epoch Times, August 22, 2009
College Prep Program at The Educational Alliance (pdf in Chinese (中文)  (pdf in English)

"The Educational Alliance, an educational organization that serves more than 30,000 residents a year, has been located on East Broadway for more than 100 years. Sonia Bhuta, the director of College Prep Program, indicated that the center provides free consulting services for high school students who are to enter college in the near future."


JTA, August 20, 2009
Adapting to the Recession: Storahtelling and 14 Street Y Form Model Partnership 

"The 14th Street Y in Manhattan's East Village and Storahtelling, the avante-garde theater troupe that takes biblical stories and translates them into modern theatrical pieces, announced this week that they had formed a strategic alliance..."


eJewish Philanthropy, August 18, 2009
New Partnership Brings Storahtelling to the 14th Street Y 
"The 14th Street Y embraced the opportunity to support Storahtelling's vital mission and programs. The established downtown community center is currently undergoing a major renovation, which will result in new state-of-the-art facilities including a new fitness center, new locker rooms and a remodeled lobby space."


Tablet Magazine, August 10, 2009
Mommy, What's a Spliff?  

"Kiki Schaffer, a social worker and director of parenting, family and early childhood at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan, laughs: "This subject is to parents of teens what sleep is to parents of newborns." In other words: it's the biggie, the giant bong in the room.'"


Time Out New York, August 6, 2009
Doin' It For Yourself 

"The Lower East Side's Educational Alliance Art School is one of the few places in NYC where you can master the art of welding (from $360 for ten sessions). Students have turned metal scraps into arty spice racks, toilet-paper dispensers and doorstops."


Sing Tao, August 6, 2009
Educational Alliance Continues to Fund Free Meals (pdf in Chinese (中文)  (pdf in English)

"Jennifer Powell, Director of Grants, said, "The Educational Alliance was almost forced to cut down on trips for the kids and other activities to continue the free meals program this summer. The Morgan Stanley Foundation's generous funds have allowed us to offer 25,000 free meals without cutting budget from these other programs."


The Mann Report, August 2009 Issue
Educational Alliance Raises $800K at Gala (pdf)

"This money will help us respond to urgent community needs in today's critical economic times. In the past six months, demand for our services in programs such as early childhood and our teen and senior centers, has increased up to 30%," said Educational Alliance President Robin Bernstein." 


Grand Street News, August Issue
Kiddie Camp Goes Circus; Preschool Innovations  

"We really pride ourselves on being the neighborhood preschool," says Leslie Pilder, Director of the Educational Alliance Preschool. "We live in a big city, it's easy for folks to say, there's this school on the other side of town... but we really believe in encouraging folks in the neighborhood to think of us as their school."


The Lo-Down, July 13, 2009
Teens Receive Prestigious Scholarships  

"Three students from the Educational Alliance's Teen Center are recipients of the 2009 Allan Morrow College Scholarship Awards... The award was set up to acknowledge college-bound high school seniors who have "demonstrated a commitment to promoting tolerance and positive change within their communities."


Downtown Express, July 3, 2009
Rutgers Houses Youth is the Toast of the State 

"Chris represents the next generation of leadership in our community," State Senator Daniel Squadron said in an e-mail. "What makes Chris so special is not just that he has grown with the Educational Alliance but that he gives so much back to our community."


New York Daily News, June 15, 2009
Funding Futures: Budget Cuts Imperil Programs 

"For the vast majority of families in this city, in order for them to pay their bills, both parents must work," said Educational Alliance Vice President Danny Rosenthal. "Paying for a nanny or a private after school program is not an option."

New York Nonprofit Press, June 12, 2009
"Stand By Our Kids!" Deliver 5,000 Petitions to City Hall 

"If the funds are not reinstated, most of these after school programs will be diminished or entirely dismantled, leaving thousands of youth without guidance, support and creative and constructive activities," said Danny Rosenthal, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at The Educational Alliance."


New York Nonprofit Press, June 5, 2009
"Stand By Our Kids!" Advocates Battle After School Cuts 

"If the funds are not reinstated, our Teen Center, and very likely many other programs, will be diluted beyond recognition or entirely dismantled, leaving hundreds of teens without guidance, support and creative and constructive activities," said Danny Rosenthal, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at Educational Alliance.'"

The Lo-Down, June 2, 2009
The Battle to Save Crucial After School Programs 

"Andrea Scott has an infectious smile. But a couple of years ago, withdrawn and struggling emotionally, it didn't seem all that likely Andrea would being going to college at all. Her turnaround can be traced to the Educational Alliance's remarkable after school college prep program."

New York Daily News, May 29, 2009
New Budget Shuttering After School Programs for Over 10,000 Students 

"There are 400 teens enrolled in the Educational Alliance's after-school program on the Lower East Side. The college prep program, which includes about 100 high school seniors, has had exceptional results: 100% were accepted to colleges last year and 95% are attending schools from Hunter College to Yale University."


Jewish Daily Forward, May 20, 2009
There's No Place Like Home 

"This insouciant spirit is completely in keeping with HomeBase IV, a free exhibition and part of the 14th Street Y LABA Festival, in which a dozen former exam rooms are the stage for artistic contemplations of personal and geopolitical identity."


New York Times, May 10, 2009
At A Clinic, Artists Reflecting on Home

"The idea, said Anat Litwin, an artist and curator who founded HomeBase in 2006, was to allow a diverse array of artists to create and collaborate in and around a single space..." 


New York Nonprofit Press, May 8, 2009
Educational Alliance Raises $800K at Gala 

"The Educational Alliance, a non-profit organization that provides services for 30,000 lower income and under-served New Yorkers annually, announced that its Annual Gala exceeded its goal, raising more than $800,000."

Jewish Daily Forward, April 22, 2009
LABA and the Ripple Effect 

"From "absurdist rock cabaret" to giant sculptures to a "contact improvisation" workshop cheekily called "The Meating," the LABA Festival will bring a wildly diverse mix of performances, art, lectures and readings to Manhattan's 14th Street Y."

New York Times, January 6, 2009
When A Surrogate Family Improves On The Original 

"But Jun had found a family a few doors down from her building, at the Edgies Teen Center at the Educational Alliance. "This is my first home; I don't call it a second home, because my family is here," she said." 


New York Times, November 13, 2008
Lower East Side: Art Shoehorned Amid Charm

"For more than a century The Educational Alliance on East Broadway has democratically provided instruction, studio space and exhibitions to artists. Important careers have emerged from it."


New York Times, July 13, 2008
Suddenly, A Sculptor 

"He discovered that he had a passion for sculpture, and the next year he won a scholarship to the Educational Alliance Art School on the Lower East Side. After two decades of living on the street, he says, sculpturing has helped him move away from a difficult past." 


New York Post, January 12, 2008
Art Smart: The Best Classes for Pint-Size Picassos 

"We can't say enough good things about the Educational Alliance, with its long history of community service and an impressive staff..."

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